Frequently Asked Questions
What is a home inspection?
A home inspection is an examination of the home that is used to assist clients in their home buying/selling process. Every system will be examined individually and as a whole. I look for defects throughout the home and report anything I find so that you can make a more informed decision.
Why get a home inspection?
Knowledge is power in the home buying/selling process. A home inspection can provide you with invaluable information prior to making any decisions. A home inspection is a relatively cheap and quick way to gather a lot of information before making one of the biggest purchases of your life.
Why should you include thermal imaging?
Thermal imaging technology has come a long way over the years, it has proven to be an extremely effective tool for finding moisture, insulation and potential fire hazards in the house. The camera is not X-ray but it does see the temperature difference which gives us clues as to what is happening. Moisture problems that can’t be seen by the human eye may be detected by the thermal camera.
How long does a home inspection take?
It depends on the size and age of the house but generally 3-4 hours is normal.
What's included in your home inspection?
A standard home inspection includes a visual inspection of every component in the home. Starting with the foundation and going all the way to the roof and everything in between. A standard inspection includes visual inspection of all components of the home. More specific items are not included in the standard inspection such as lawn irrigation systems, septic systems and crawl spaces.
Should you attend the home inspection?
It is recommended that you attend the last hour of your home inspection. This allows the home inspector to go over any deficiencies that have been found and gives him plenty of time to answer questions about the home. You’ll receive a written report within 24 hours. If you are unable to attend, a phone call can be set up to go over the report.
What happens if we find there are problems with the home?
A “Problem” is a very broad word when it comes to home inspections. My goal is to give you all the knowledge you will need to make decisions involving your buying/selling process. The information provided to you will contain facts about the home and ultimately you will have to decide what you want to do with information. Please note, the home inspector is unable to make recommendations regarding if you should proceed with the purchase/sale of your home. They can, however, recommend specialists for further evaluations if necessary.